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Great-crested newts

Juvenile Great-crested newt (right) juvenile Smooth newt (left).

Great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) are protected under European legislation and it is an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb newts or to obstruct their access to terrestrial (land) or breeding habitats (usually ponds). Due to their lifecycle this species spends part of the year in both habitats which is why protection is afforded to both ponds and terrestrial habitats. Great crested newt are a species often encountered during development work and so if potential for this species is identified on site, surveys are recommended before development work begins. If great crested newt are found on site a European Protected Species license may be required before the development proposals affecting newts or their habitat can go ahead. The licensing process requires that a method statement is completed that details how the newt population will be conserved in the future post-development. Standard mitigation typically involves the erection of a barrier fence around the site and using 'capture and exclusion' techniques to clear the animals from the site footprint. If required newts can often be translocated to a receptor site, (such as a pre-prepared pond).

We and our associates are able to supply and erect barrier fencing and undertake habitat creation cost effectively without the need to employ sub-contractors saving the client's time and resources.